When Artspace first saw the Tilsner Warehouse, it had neither windows nor a roof, and parts of its upper two floors were too decayed to bear human weight. Although it was a prime candidate for the wrecking ball, it was also a striking example of Victorian Romanesque architecture in a National Register Historic District-- so the City of Saint Paul asked Artspace to save it. In a $7.1 million overhaul, Artspace transformed this 1895 relic into a thriving community of 66 artists and their families—now part of a Lowertown neighborhood that didn’t exist three decades ago but ranks today as one of Saint Paul’s most desirable places to live.
Architect: Miller Dunwiddie Architecture
Development Partner: Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation
City of Saint Paul; Family Housing Fund of Minneapolis & Saint Paul Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Minnesota State Housing Preservation Ofﬁce; National Equity Fund; Saint Paul Historic Preservation Commission; Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority; Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development; U.S. Bancorp; Bush Foundation; City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; The McKnight Foundation; Northwest Area Foundation; Saint Paul Companies; and The Saint Paul Foundation
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Live/Work Artist Housing
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Being at the Tilsner lends credibility that I’m serious. If you want to get up, roll out of bed and start throwing on your wheel, this is the place to do it.